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    Need Classic Car Detailing Tips

    A friend asked me to detail his air-cooled Porsche 964. The car has been repainted. I have never detailed a classic car before, so I am a little nervous for this job.


    What things should I be more cautious of in these kinds of cars?
    can I treat the car the same way I do modern cars?
    Also, is it safe to detail the engine with water? Can I clean the 30+ year old interior leather and upholstery with megs APC?

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    Re: Need Classic Car Detailing Tips

    How was it repainted? Should also get a paint depth gauge.


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    Re: Need Classic Car Detailing Tips

    I make it a practice to always find out the history of the car / finish . No reason to be nervous though.
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    Re: Need Classic Car Detailing Tips

    My 1st rule whenever I detail a classic car is if youíre going to get it wet, make sure to dry it asap, and that means bone dry as much as possible. Use your blow dryer to dry the nooks & crannies while at the same time being mindful of what youíre doing because some of the oddball parts like exterior mirrors can be kinda loose on old cars so you gotta be careful sometimes.

    Dry behind chrome & moldings. But for the most part theyíre sort of easy to do.




    My old Godfather [RIP] used to be 1 of founding members of a famous car club here in Los Angeles. He owned several cars similar to that 50ís Chevy^
    His cars were perfect and he wouldnít let anyone touch them. But there was 1 time that I guess he had no other choice because it was a bunch of high school cheerleaders having a carwash to raise money for something that he was obligated to donate to. He didnít trust what they were using so he told them to only use plain water and no soap. Highly questionable decision looking backÖ Just goes to show how long ago that was and how times have changed. Lol. I wish he was still around because he was a true car guy.

    I detailed this 1973 Porsche a while back. I used Megs APC to clean the interior without issue. Just go easy, donít go busting out the steamer on that 50yr. old vinyl. Lol.






    If itís a re paint, odds are itíll have more paint than if it were the original paint because they usually use more paint than originally came from the factory. Thereís a chance it might be soft, which will provide you with some gained experience once youíre done with it.Need Classic Car Detailing Tips

    As far as getting the engine wet? I donít like getting any engines wet, so I canít comment on that part.

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    Re: Need Classic Car Detailing Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Eldorado2k View Post
    My 1st rule whenever I detail a classic car is if youíre going to get it wet, make sure to dry it asap, and that means bone dry as much as possible. Use your blow dryer to dry the nooks & crannies while at the same time being mindful of what youíre doing because some of the oddball parts like exterior mirrors can be kinda loose on old cars so you gotta be careful sometimes.

    Dry behind chrome & moldings. But for the most part theyíre sort of easy to do.




    My old Godfather [RIP] used to be 1 of founding members of a famous car club here in Los Angeles. He owned several cars similar to that 50ís Chevy^
    His cars were perfect and he wouldnít let anyone touch them. But there was 1 time that I guess he had no other choice because it was a bunch of high school cheerleaders having a carwash to raise money for something that he was obligated to donate to. He didnít trust what they were using so he told them to only use plain water and no soap. Highly questionable decision looking backÖ Just goes to show how long ago that was and how times have changed. Lol. I wish he was still around because he was a true car guy.

    I detailed this 1973 Porsche a while back. I used Megs APC to clean the interior without issue. Just go easy, donít go busting out the steamer on that 50yr. old vinyl. Lol.






    If itís a re paint, odds are itíll have more paint than if it were the original paint because they usually use more paint than originally came from the factory. Thereís a chance it might be soft, which will provide you with some gained experience once youíre done with it.Need Classic Car Detailing Tips

    As far as getting the engine wet? I donít like getting any engines wet, so I canít comment on that part.
    Cool story. What did you spray on the black hood? Looks like 3d yellow degreaser lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    Cool story. What did you spray on the black hood? Looks like 3d yellow degreaser lol

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